Vikings host Bayside Track and Field Championship

North Caroline and Bennett win titles

CAMBRIDGE – The North Caroline High School Bulldog men and James M. Bennett Clippers women won the 2017 Bayside Conference Conference track and field championship May 10 in Viking Stadium. In a field of 16 teams, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School men were third, while among 15 women’s teams, the Lady Vikings landed in fourth place.

Both C-SD squads were the highest-placing 1A East teams in the event. The Bayside Conference comprises teams from the Eastern Shore’s smallest public schools, the 1As, as well as 2A and 3A teams.

“The Bayside Championship was a very exciting meet,” Vikings Head Coach Lois Narr said. “For C-SD athletes, all their dedication, training and hard work is coming together to produce some amazing performances.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s first day of the Region 1A East Championship, Coach Narr said, “For instance, Courtne’ Jenkins in the 300-meter hurdles, Destiny Frantum triple jumping and QuaNiya Quinones long jumping will provide some very valuable regional points. Upperclassmen like Carrie Price, Leah Krotee and Janee Quailes are reaching for new personal records while freshmen Sarah Condon, Brianna Wongus, Ronke Oyerinde and Niveyshka Torres are multi-talented and are ready to contribute to a stellar team performance at Regionals.”

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Connor McCroy of the Cambridge-South Dorchester Vikings track and field team looked ahead to the finish line during a relay race. He is passing C-SD’s new scoreboard, which features race information and a running clock, designed and operated by technology specialist David Dodson.

With regard to the boys, Coach Narr said, “Our seniors really worked hard to place the boys highest in the Bayside since our team reformed in 2011. There were several PRs, including Matt Koletsky’s 1:58 in the 800 meters. Solid performances included the boys’ 4×800 relay squad of Connor McCroy, Carson Taylor, Trevor Goodwin and Matt Koletsky; Hunter Brown throwing 123 feet for third place in discus; Tajh Molock leading the sprints; veteran pole vaulters Zhihong Pang and Ian Mason; and stout hurdlers Jason Newcomer and Avery Woolford all contributed to the high placing at Baysides. With captains Goodwin, Brown and Dontre’ King Jr. leading the young men, there is no doubt about the potential for victory at the region meet.”

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Lady Viking freshman Ronke Oyerinde surged to the finish in a relay.

At the Baysides, events were scored down to eighth place, with points awarded being 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. In case of a tie, points were divided. Schools’ scores were, for the men: North Caroline (2A) 124, Kent Island (2A) 82, C-SD (1A) 79.5, Wicomico (2A) 62, Stephen Decatur (3A) 61, Parkside (2A) 51, Colonel Richardson (1A) 49, Queen Anne’s County (2A) 39.5, Snow Hill (1A) 37, Washington (1A) 28, James M. Bennett (3A) 27.5, Pocomoke (1A) 22, Easton (2A) 18, Crisfield (1A) 13, North Dorchester (1A) 8, Kent County (1A) 0.5.

For the women, points scored were: James M. Bennett 121, North Caroline 104.5, Queen Anne’s County 98, C-SD 71, Snow Hill 63, Wicomico 51.5, Kent Island 46, Easton 42, Parkside 28, Stephen Decatur 21, North Dorchester 19, Colonel Richardson 18, Mardela 11, Washington 4, Pocomoke 2, Crisfield 1.

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KirMya Wilson scored for the Vikings in the high jump.

Tomorrow, the first day of the Region 1A Championships will take place in Viking Stadium, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The second day will be Saturday, starting at 10:00 a.m.

The event will be a rematch among the rivals of last season, when the Lady Vikings beat Snow Hill by 5 points, and Colonel Richardson edged C-SD’s boys by 4 points.

The regional meet also serves as the qualifier for the state track and field championships, set for Morgan State University May 25 and 27. The top four finishers in each event at regionals will advance to the state contest.

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